The European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Herbert Salber, met in Baku with the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliev. The meeting is the latest in a series of diplomatic engagements ahead of an important summit between the Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan which is due to take place in Paris later this month under the auspices of the President of France, Francois Hollande.
The press service of the Azerbaijani President said that Aliev and Salber discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict during their meeting but gave no further information.
photo: The EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus at a meeting with president Aliev of Azerbaijan in Baku on 20 October 2014. (picture courtesy of the Press Service of the President of Azerbaijan.)
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First Vice-President Aliyeva noted that Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads between the civilizations of the East and West, and is one of the few countries that are a member of both the Council of Europe and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.